Grassroots Women's Federation Reform Promotes Rural Development in E China

August 30, 2017
By Yao GaigaiEditor: Sherry Song

Executive members from the women's federation of local Shierli Village make dumplings for the elderly at an elderly-care center. [China Women's News]


Grassroots women's federation reform in the Jindong District of Jinhua, a city in east China's Zhejiang Province, has guided women in rural areas to hold up "half-the-sky" in local development.

The reform was carried out under the instruction of Jindong Women's Federation, which mainly focused on converting village-level women's representative conferences to women's federations.

In order to deepen the reform and serve its overall progress, the federation released an innovative project called One Plus Three at the end of May.

Various training serving for officials and women's development

For now, 468 villages have established village-level women's federations and selected 3,150 executive committee members.

After the reform, Jindong Women's Federation arranged an induction training session for new members.

The federation dispatched three officials to each town for the first round of training, using same curriculum content and standards.

The efforts enhanced new members' sense of mission and specified women's federations' responsibilities and key tasks for the next three years.

Later, officials planned the second round of training, which included 22 yard beautification events across the region and has closely followed the local working plan of building a demonstration region of beautiful villages at provincial level.

All villages and communities across the district have set up women supervisors' teams to manage garbage classification and carry out regular and irregular inspections.

As a successful experimental spot in 2016, local Liujiaotang Village has become a "star village" and received more than 600 groups of visitors from across the country.

Lou Genhong, its village Party secretary said, "Women's federations hold the main responsibility to manage the beautiful yards activity and women played an essential role in sorting rubbish."

Nowadays, another training to lead local women to achieve prosperity is in progress. The federation has organized various classes, on topics including legal rights protection and legal awareness enhancement, family safety and education, nursery training, housekeeping and e-commerce.

According to Yu Hongxia, vice-president of Jindong Women's Federation, the class for matrimonial and family consultants is also expected to open soon.

Strong working system activating grassroots organizations

Amplifying the previous working system was also a part of the reform.

All the women's federations at the level of village and communities started to strengthen their women's groups which were divided based on production teams and villagers' groups; and formed many functional organizations for women's development, family development and e-commerce startups.

Meanwhile, presidents of women's federations are in charge of overall work for women and families.

As for executive committee members and functional women's groups, they are required to coordinate with regional women's organizations to supervise family development of local households, which also forms the evaluation standards of their work.

In addition, the emphasis on both Party and federations' construction has provided political guarantees to the role of women's councils, persisting in following the Party's instructions.

The work mechanism of the women's council demanded grassroots women's federations to launch executive committee conferences every week, women representative meetings monthly and tea parties every six months.

The action would help officials figure out and solve various women issues.

Another work initiative is reflected in the development of legal system and public benefit system. Local women's right protection centers have moved their working focus to professional marriage consultancy.

Grassroots women's federations selected social workers, psychological counselors, marriage counselors and family teachers to provide at-home services at regular intervals.

Besides, officials urged female volunteers' teams to provide services at least two days a week, visit no less than 10 households, and submit no less than one report about women's affairs monthly.

The initiative tries to form a mode of mutual participation between women's federations and local women.

Statistics show that around 25,000 new women's representatives have dedicated themselves to building a beautiful and harmonious countryside, which greatly increased the work force of women's federations at village-level.

(Source: China Wome's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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